Where is the outrage?

I AM wondering why the recent revelations that the United States in 2008 supported the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s bid for a separate country did not elicit any expression of outrage from government officials or even the public even if this would surely mean the loss of a sizable chunk of territory from the republic.

This silence is so opposite their frenzied reaction when China asserted its alleged ownership of the tiny Spratly Islands. They were so full of themselves that their saber rattling led them to send a World War II vintage frigate to Spratly to defend it against the mighty Chinese armada which includes a Soviet built aircraft carrier, 21 destroyers, 68 submarines, 42 modern frigates and 760 other ships if ever they tried to enter Philippine waters.

The crescendo of their saber rattling reached new heights when they proudly publicly announced the “upgrading of the Philippine Navy” with its acquisition of a 43 year old decommissioned cutter from the U.S. Coast Guard.

It is right that we assert our sovereignty not only in Spratly but all over the republic. However, this level of assertiveness should be applied not only against China but all foreign interests seeking advantage of our resources.

Yet the same government officials remained silent in the face of recent undenied WikiLeaks reports that the U.S. actively engaged the MILF with the approval of the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo regime to ensure a firm foothold in Mindanao should the secessionist group succeeds in dismembering the republic.

Not only did they remain silent, they even downplayed the revelation for being unconfirmed never mind that the U.S, government has not denied the veracity of the leaked reports.

But what do these bureaucrats and their apologists expect? The U.S. confirms an open secret that is it is meddling in our affairs for more than 100 years now?

The truth is that our officials, especially in the military and police institutions, have became so accustomed to the U.S. meddling that it is no longer a repulsive act for them. They have become so calloused they no longer feel any shame for their subservience.

Moreover they seem to pride themselves for becoming efficient tools of American hegemony in this part of the world.

According documents released by WikiLeaks, Washington had a direct hand in the ill-fated deal to create a Bangsamoro Juridical Entity in 2008 that nearly led to the dismemberment of the Philippines. The Supreme Court had since then declared the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) unconstitutional preventing the separation of Mindanao and Palawan from the republic.

Curiously, it was some key people of the Arroyo regime who timely torpedoed the agreement by leaking it to media before it was signed. This gave nationalist elements time to file before the high tribunal a petition questioning its legality.

The American intervention, according to Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, was apparent in the terms of the MOA-AD which include the handing over of the funding for the socio-economic projects in Mindanao to the World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), organizations run by the U.S. government.

Had the agreement been implemented, the Philippines would not only lose a big chunk of territory and human resource but also an abundant source of oil and natural gas. But what is really tragic and outrageous is that patriotism for some Filipinos ends when US interest is involved.


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